The issues of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon go beyond his pending two-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy after testing positive for codeine this offseason.
Now, Gordon is sidelined at practice with a bout of patellar tendinitis in his knee.
Gordon has been dealing with the injury for a while.
“He started out, tried to push through it, but we sat him down for the rest of practice,'' Browns coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters. “It shouldn't be too big of a deal. It had just been bothering him. He had gone through a little bit of the individual (drills) and it was bothering him enough that we stopped it.”
The Browns are upbeat about Gordon's ability, but they need him to be in good health and be consistent.
“The last days, Josh has really come out and competed,'' Chudzinski said. “He's come out with a plan in practice specifically of what he wants to work on and get better. He’s done that. You see those plays he's able to make. He is going after the ball and going strong for the ball.”
That's what the Browns will need from Gordon after he serves his suspension.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.